Against my better judgement, I read a post by CFI’s Ron Lindsay entitled The Latest Harris Book/The Latest Harris Controversy. It’s pretty much unremarkable, except for this:
As indicated by my scare quotes, I’m not sure there’s an atheist “community” or “movement,” as opposed to there simply being atheists, some of whom have aligned themselves with one group or another, and some of whom—a distinct minority I believe—seem to relish making hateful, contemptible comments, most of which are directed against women. I can speak only for CFI, but this last group of individuals is not welcome in our organization, and, as we have done in the past, CFI unqualifiedly condemns their conduct.
Except when Ron Lindsay personally welcomed hateful, contemptible anti-feminist harassers to CFI’s Women in Secularism 2 conference? Devoted 10 minutes of his 30 minute opening remarks(!) to ‘splaining to a room full of feminist activists how we should all just, you know, hear them out? And when Rebecca Watson mildly criticized him for that wildly inappropriate BS, took to his blog during the conference (that Skepchick sponsored and where she was a speaker and panelist) and likened such criticism to living under a North Korean dictator?
That Ron Lindsay? Ooooookay.
If he wants to move on, condemn the shitweaselry he engaged in and so eagerly enabled, and strive to become a better human being, great. Seriously: that is both welcome and important. He doesn’t get to rewrite history, though. I was there. And this is gaslighting.
Speaking of comments, I am closing this post to comments. That’s not CFI’s usual practice, but in this case I’m doing it for a very practical reason: as just indicated, blog posts on issues relating to sex/gender issues tend to bring out the worst in some people. Although I’m sure most comments would be phrased in acceptable language, our experience has been that blog posts that touch on these topics require close moderation and neither Paul Fidalgo, who serves as our moderator, nor I will be available to moderate over the next few days.
Hahahaha. Awesome. Well, as we all know “blog posts on issues relating to sex/gender issues tend to bring out the worst in some people.” Not Ron Lindsay, of course. He is at his finest! But whatever we do, let us refrain from using language unacceptable to the delicate ears of Ron Lindsay. If we cannot explain the horrors of sexism to white d00ds in leadership positions in calm, soothing, Vulcan-like tones—taking great care to avoid hurting any man fee-fees—we can simply be dismissed as the emotional, irrational, shrieking harpies we clearly are.
In case you missed it: Another point of view re: the latest from Sam Harris. (<—Palace Endorsed 100% Seal of Approval™.)
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